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Old 09-02-2019, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Equipment to polish car paint

I am interesting in purchasing the equipment and product to lightly polish my car paint. I have seen some folks use a small --3-4 inch type wheel on a small rechargeable drill. Any comments, sources, etc... as well as cautions are much appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:10 AM   #2
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Probably better to drop the $$ and get a low speed polisher. After a little practice and burning the paint a few times, you will find they do the job fast and effectively.
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Polishing is typically done by hand, but there are a few alternatives if you need more than just polishing. Look for a small electric dual action buffer that you can use foam on. If the paint is old, consider using clay bars to remove impurities first, then look at color-sanding heavier 'orange-peeled' areas with 2500 paper, and then using ultra-fine compounds. Hand polish with specific paint polishes followed by a good quality carnauba-based wax.


Look for a Porta-Cable 7424XP buffer
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I've found that a buffer with 180-degree handles gives me more control than those with 90-degree handles, but YMMV. This is a WEN but there are several similar brands.
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I've found that a buffer with 180-degree handles gives me more control than those with 90-degree handles, but YMMV. This is a WEN but there are several similar brands.
Guess I am not abbreviation literate.
What does "YMMV" stand for?
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:41 PM   #7
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“Your method might vary”?????
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:52 PM   #8
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as Brent says.... There is no fast and easy way to a correct job. Follow the steps, stay away from high speed and heavy cutting compound. If not familiar with the process I would try a small spot, in a less visible place. Depending on the paint sometimes the results will be good, sometimes not so. Good Luck
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Most sources of video or TV series programming show folks color sanding and buffing finishes they they put on themselves so they know how far they can go. If you don't know how thick the surface finish is then you will have to be very careful. Rubbing or buffing through is not something you want to do. You have to be especially careful around any area like belt lines or the pin striping that may be there. Narrow areas, tight curves, and protruding edges buff through real fast. I still use the armstrong elbow grease method if I don't know how thick the finish is.

Any rotating device can buff but be careful what kind of pad you use. Experiment on something else for a bit before you go for broke.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:02 PM   #10
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www.griots.com for all your needs and u can't burn paint with their buffers air cooled!
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Guess I am not abbreviation literate.
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“Your method might vary”?????

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Literally, "Your Mileage May Vary," coming from the small print in (American?) automobile commercials in the 70's and 80's. It has come to mean an acknowledgement that the opinion of the poster may not be shared by everyone.

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Old 09-02-2019, 06:26 PM   #12
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Learn polishing the wife's car first......
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Learn polishing the wife's car first......
Do that if you want to get into major trouble! My wife would use that as an excuse to get a new car.

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Gary. Is right!!! griots garage best!! , products and great results with 3 “ buffer and pads I just finished my car for the old car festival this weekend the car was restored 21 years ago and it looks better than words can say
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:17 AM   #15
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Griots is really good stuff, I have one of their dual action polishers and it works great with the right products. If you need to get more than that out of it then you need to go the buffing compound route. This may be a bit more trickier for the novice and you should be able to find a good detail guy to do the job. If you do it yourself the paint first needs to be wet sanded in finer increments. Do not stop at 2500 gr. They have paper up to something like 6000 or more now. The higher you sand the easier and better buff. I have seen on another forum a fellow using polish with a brand of "wizard" something that he swore by. I used 3m stuff when I did my car and was pretty happy with the results.
Keep in mind, IF you want it buffed, it may be cost effective to have a pro do it right the first time. By the time I bought a mid level buffer, buffing pads and compounds I was close to $400.
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